Best Practices

Readability

The CRB supports performance of quality veterinary clinical trials in client-owned animals that involve informed consent.  According to the NIH, the ideal reading level of a clinical trial consent form is 6th grade.  The reading level of a document can be determined using several programs.  Microsoft Word is one of these programs, and the “Spelling and Grammar” tool can be used to determine the Flesh-Kincaid Grade Level. 

The CRB is not requiring that investigators reach this ideal.  However, we are offering information to help investigators understand readability and improve the consenting process.  Some links to a couple of helpful web resources are included below.